Brendan Keany

Kaleida Health Installs More Drug and Needle Dropoff Sites

Last year, 26,500 lbs of drugs were safely destroyed

June 26, 2019 - 12:21 pm

BUFFALO (WBEN - Brendan Keany) - An additional four new drug and needle disposal sites have been installed at Kaleida Health facilities in Erie and Niagara Counties.

Gale Burstein serves as the Erie County commissioner of health, and she explained that the kiosks are a way to combat drug addiction.

"We identified safe, convenient and anonymous disposal of drugs as one of our strategies to address this public health crisis and built up a network of Erie County sites that now includes more than 30 locations nearly every town in Erie County," said Burstein. "

The new kiosks have been placed at Buffalo General Medical Center, John R. Oishei Children's Hospital and Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital in Erie County, and DeGraff Memorial Hospital in Niagara County.

"The addition of these four sites at Kaleida Hospitals is another important step that we're taking to make drug disposal convenient for all of our residents," added Burstein. "Last year, 26,500 pounds of drugs were safely disposed and destroyed in this process - kept out of the hands of children, out of the hands of adults who were not prescribed these medications, and importantly, out of our water supply."

In the process of disposal, Erie County Sheriff's collect the medication from the boxes in Erie County, and then the drugs are securely stored and then taken for regular burns and incinerations at Covanta Energy, which provides the free service for the eight counties of Western New York.

Listen to the entire press conference below:

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